Augustine Paredes (b. 1994, Philippines) is a multi-disciplinary artist questioning what it means to desire in the light of migration, identity, and longing. He works with image-making via photography, painting, poetry, and installation.

He has presented several solo exhibitions in Dubai, Frankfurt, and Manila. His commissions include Diriyah Biennale Foundation, Alserkal Arts Foundation, Art Dubai, Warehouse 421, Goethe Institut, and the Royal Commission of AlUla.

He is an alumna of AlUla Artist Residency, Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship, Campus Art Dubai, and International Summer School of Photography. He also exhibited internationally, most notably in the Philippines, Malaysia, Latvia, Australia, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates.

Augustine authored art and poetry books entitled Conversations at the end of the universe (2020), Long Night Stands With Lonely, Lonely Boys (2021), Happy to be here to be happy (2022), and The Bitter Taste of Sweetness (2022).

He is a co-founder of Sa Tahanan Collective along with curator Anna Bernice, aiming to create a platform for Filipino art and creatives through exhibitions, art sales, and collaborations.

He works as a commercial photographer specializing in fashion, portraits, and lifestyle; represented by Dubai-based agency, Seeing Things.

Solo Exhibitions

Upcoming 2024
Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE

Yearning The Sun to Fall (2023)
Fffriedrich, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Light, Leaks (2023)
Foundry, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paradise4Ever (2022)
Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

How Strangers Meet (2016)
Today X Future, Quezon City, Philippines

We Are Water (2015)
Abreeza, Davao City, Philippines

Edge of Seventeen (2012)
Lion’s Bar, Davao City, Philippines

Select Commissioned Projects

Ang Pagluluto sa Linamnam ng Alaala (Diriyah Biennale)
Feast from the Migrant Body (Art Dubai)
Between Many Bodies (Art Dubai)
Verses in Reverse (Alserkal Arts Foundation)
A Poem, A Garden (Alserkal Arts Foundation)
Slouching Through Bedspaces (Goethe Institut)
Goodnight, Sweet Dreams (Warehouse 421)
The Bitter Taste of Sweetness 2023 (Royal Commission of AlUla)


Fine Arts (Prof. Haegue Yang)
Hochschule für Bildende Künste–Städelschule

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
Ateneo de Davao University
2010 — 2014

Residencies & Fellowships

Royal Commission of AlUla: AlUla Artist Residency (2022)
Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship Cohort 8 (2021)
Warehouse 421 x Gulf Photo Plus (2020)
Campus Art Dubai 7.0 (2019)
International Summer School of Photography (2018)

Select Professional Experience

Seeing Things Photographic Studio (UAE)
Art Director & Photographer
2019 - Present 

Friendly Fires Small Press
Independent Publisher
2021 - Present

Sa Tahanan Co. (UAE)
2020 - Present

Coffee Communications (UAE)
Art Director 2017 - 2019

Select Group Exhibitions

RAY Triennale 2024: Soft Proof
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

Tea Room Relay: Pit Stop, 2023
Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom

Editions, 2023
Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE

Hemispheres, 2023
Tarzeer Pictures, Manila, Philippines

Object Orientations, 2023
Gravity Art Space, Manila, Philippines

Palimpsest of Time, 2023
Royal Commission of AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Bitter Taste of Sweetness, 2022
Royal Commission of AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Goethe Institut: Love Labor Leisure, 2021
Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE

Between the Sky and the Earth:
Contemporary Art from the UAE Middle East Institute, 2021

Washington DC, USA

As We Gaze Upon Her, 2021
Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi

Made In The Emirates?, 2021
Sotheby's DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Mina Zayed: Reflections on Past Futures, 2020
Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sa Tahanan Co. Exhibit No. 1, 2020
Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE

Record Record: Long Night Stands With Lonely, Lonely Boys, 2019
Tarzeer Pictures, Manila, Philippines

Cooking Adobo in the Heart of Dubai, 2019
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Select Press

Global Art Daily
Augustine Paredes Builds His Paradise Home at Gulf Photo Plus
Review by Sophie Arni

Fisheye Magazine
Le journal des errances physiques et intimes d'Augustine Paredes

Finding paradise as a Filipino artist living a thousand miles away from home
Text by Chrsitian San Jose

VOGUE Italia
Best Photobooks of 2020

NYLON Manila
Inspired by the humbe adobo, this Dubai-based Filipino artist sheds light on the migrant plight in this evocative series
Text by Angelo De Cartagena

East East
Passport: Arjun Appadurai reflects on a small object with big capacities
Text by Arjun Appadurai

Global Art Daily
Augustine Paredes Taking Up Space
Interview by Daniel Rey

Stir World
Augustine Paredes' food photography explores importance of collective sharing
Text by Dilpreet Bhullar

Video and Audio Interviews

A window into Al Quoz, the community shaping a new creative vision for Dubai

Arts AlUla
Artist Residency Programme 22-23 Edition | Augustine Paredes

Khosh Bosh
Permission to Gaze with Augustine Paredes

Emerging Podcast
Augustine Paredes On love, loss and longing

Engage 101
Augustine Paredes Artist Profile

Tarzeer Pictures
Calling Myself Home

Using Format